Visit Elgin, Illinois

Discover things to do on an Elgin, Illinois, getaway

The mission of Explore Elgin Area is to enhance the economic and environmental well-being of the 9 communities in the Fox River Valley through marketing the area.

 The communities we represent are:

  1. Elgin
  2. Bartlett
  3. Carpentersville
  4. East Dundee
  5. Gilberts
  6. Hampshire
  7. Sleepy Hollow
  8. South Elgin
  9. West Dundee

We have three key responsibilities:

  1. We encourage groups to hold meetings, conventions, tradeshows, sporting events and group travel in the 9 communities in the Elgin Area.
  2. We assist groups with preparations and while their meeting or event is in progress.
  3. We encourage tourists to visit and enjoy the many historic, cultural, retail, dining and recreational opportunities the Elgin Area offers.

One of our key goals is to attract overnight visitors, so our marketing, advertising and promotional efforts are primarily focused within 250 miles of the Elgin Area.

Our history

Explore Elgin Area was formed in 1984 by the City of Elgin and local business leaders. Explore Elgin Area has since grown to include the 9 communities of the Fox River Valley, spanning Kane, Cook and DuPage Counties.

The Elgin Area has over 1,100 hotel rooms and hundreds of entertainment, dining, shopping, retail and cultural options for visitors to enjoy and experience.

The Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau team

Explore Elgin Area Officers & Board of Directors

The Elgin Area Tourism Bureau Officers

  • Chair: Migdalia Bishop, BMO Harris Bank
  • Past Chair: N/A
  • Treasurer: Janice O’Dell, Courtyard By Marriott
  • Secretary: Barb Keselica, City of Elgin
  • Executive Director: Krisilee Murphy

The Elgin Area Tourism Bureau Board of Directors

  • Mike Petersdorf, Owner, Muirhead Farmhouse
  • Rose Martinez, City Councilwoman, City of Elgin
  • Cheryl Anderley, Village Trustee, Village of West Dundee
  • Carol Rauschenberger, City Councilwoman, City of Elgin
  • Molly Center, Communications Manager, City of Elgin
  • Elizabeth Marston, Executive Director, Elgin History Museum 
  • Terry Gajewski, Vice President Finance and MIS, Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Jennifer Fukala, Executive Director, Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin


View the 2018 Visitors Guide for information on the area >>> Click Here

Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Office
60 S. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120


Explore Elgin Area Annual Report FY19

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